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Missouri Telehealth Summit

November 16, 2017

Fourth Annual Missouri Telehealth Summit

The Fourth Annual Missouri Telehealth Summit will take place January 31 & February 1, 2018, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.

As always, this summit brings together providers, payers, and policy-makers. Our keynote speaker is Yulun Wang, the founder and CIO of InTouch Health.  We are highlighting rural hospital telehealth financial barriers and incentives and how telehealth improves access and capacity for care.  We will have a legislative and regulatory panel and an evidence panel.

We are asking for poster submissions to display during the summit.  And we are asking for volunteers to provide a 3-5 minute description of your ‘cool’ telehealth project!

Also, new this year, we will have an exhibit hall so that you can interact with telehealth vendors and a Pre-Summit Workshop, Telehealth 101, on January 31, 2018.

Link to Missouri Telehealth Summit Web Page for registration:

Poster submissions: Please e-mail
Rachel Mutrux,
Deepika Gupta,
Mirna Becevic,

Cool telehealth projects: Please e-mail
Rachel Mutrux,
Lindsey Beckmann,

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 16, 2017

What’s New

Mapping Opioid Overdose in Real Time.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) developed a smart phone application that can be used to track drug overdose deaths in real time.  Since its creation over a year ago, more than 250 law enforcement, first responders and public health agencies in 27 states have used the tool to record overdose incidents on the scene and transmit information to a central database tracking location and time. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that rates of drug overdose deaths are higher in rural areas than urban.  Beginning at 1:30 pm ET on Thursday, federal partners will join our office in a panel discussion on the opioid epidemic as part of National Rural Health Day activities.

Funding Opportunities

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program – December 6.  Up to 25 rural public and nonprofit entities forming a consortium of three or more organizations will be awarded total funding of $5 million/year to expand health care services into underserved areas.   This unique program administered by FORHP allows communities to determine their most pressing health need and the best approach for addressing them. Applicants may apply for the traditional Outreach Program track addressing a health need specific to their community, or they may apply to a newly created track,  the Health Improvement Special Project (HISP) focusing on cardiovascular disease risk. HISP applicants will be required to meet certain requisites as outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and, if awarded, will utilize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Heart Age Calculator to assess cardiovascular disease risk and track the same subset of individuals in their community throughout the 3-year project period. You can learn more about the work of our Outreach Program grantees on the Rural Health Information Hub, which includes videos of current and past work.  For more information, please contact Meriam Mikre at


National Rural Health Day “WebSight” Line-up – Register Now!

November 9, 2017
Register here.

Register Now for NRHD “WebSight”: Project C.L.E.A.N.

November 9, 2017

Register here.

Section 504 Loan and Grant Program – Important Changes, Stakeholder Training – November 14, 2017

November 7, 2017

Please join us on November 14th to learn about recent changes to the 504 loan and grant program.  This training opportunity is open to individuals and organizations including nonprofits and public agencies who work with affordable housing products such as weatherization, home repairs, and 504 application packaging.

The one hour course will be offered as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 11a.m. EST
  • Please utilize both audio and web connection instructions below:
  • For audio, dial into the conference line (800-981-3173) from your phone and provide the access code (5746#)
  • For web, navigate to the following url:

Upcoming trainings will be listed on our website under “Forms and Resources”

This training will provide:

  • A review of the changes to the Section 504 direct repair loan and grant program.
  • A discussion of RD Procedure Notice 504 published on October 5, 2017
  • An examination of the new 504 Automated Worksheet and process.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to Danielle Eason (202) 690-1530.

Thank you for your support of the Single Family Housing Direct Loan Program!

RHIhub Webinar: Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

October 16, 2017

The Rural Health Information Hub will be hosting a free webinar.

Title: Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 am Pacific, 11:00 am Mountain, 12:00 pm Central, 1:00 pm Eastern

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will present the Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit designed to help rural communities plan, implement, and sustain rural HIV/AIDS programs. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the toolkit identifies model programs and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs. This webinar will feature examples of successful programs, including lessons learned.

Register Now!

Webinar Invitation: Connecting Health Insurance and Agricultural Viability – 10/10/17 at 1:30 p.m. ET

October 6, 2017

Please join NORC for the following webinar and share with the stakeholders in your state.

Webinar: Connecting Health Insurance and Agricultural Viability—Helping farmers and ranchers address health-related risks.

Day: October 10, 2017
Time: 1:30-3:30 ET
Free. Register online:

Health, access to care and health insurance affect the vitality of agricultural enterprises and farm and ranch families, according to results from a national research project funded by the USDA. Designed for Extension, tax, loan, health and other agricultural advisors, this webinar will provide an overview of the research findings and introduce some practical tools educators and advisors can use to help farmers and ranchers make informed decisions for their businesses and households.

Participants will leave the webinar with:

  • An understanding of the intersection of health and agricultural business viability, grounded in 2016-2017 national research findings;
  • Tools they can use in their work farmers, including worksheets, videos and other informational resources.
  • Questions to ask farmers and ranchers to help incorporate health costs into farm enterprise planning.

Hosted by Scott Loveridge (North Central Regional Center for Rural Development); the webinar will include presentations from Shoshanah Inwood (The Ohio State University), Bonnie Braun (University of Maryland Extension), Adam Kantrovich (Clemson University), Maria Peppidas (University of Delaware Extension) and Bob Parsons and Jake Jacobs (University of Vermont Extension).

For more information, please email

The project was supported by the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), grant number 2015-2014-05623